PT Pintcast - Physical Therapy
PT Pintcast - Physical Therapy
Jimmy McKay, PT, DPT
The best conversations happen at happy hour, welcome to ours! Conversations about Physical Therapy over a beer.
What Makes A Great PT School Applicant?
What Makes A Great PT School Applicant? Skye Donovan, Lori Bordenave and Chris Petrosino are physical therapists and have extensive experience in the PT admissions process as program chairs of three different PT programs across the country - Marymount University, A.T. Still University and Sacred Heart University.  The panel agrees a great PT applicant is someone who is strong academically, has grit, can persevere, is passionate, caring, compassionate and ready to change gears.  Applicants are highly encouraged to do their research when selecting a school. Each school has their own pre-requisites, separate applications aside from PTCAS, and interviews for admissions.  When it comes to the interview process whether it is an individual, group or video interview, the guests discuss that they look for strong communication skills and professionalism in the potential PT student. Listen to the stories these three share about their worst PT interview experiences (start 25:20).  The behavior guide of PTs and PTAs are the APTA Core Values. To understand how to behave and treat in this profession, these core values can guide how to come off on an application or personal statement.  QUOTES 15:11 One of the ways that you know you have everything on that application that is pertinent is to find somebody who knows you, loves you, and wants you to go to PT school.” - LORI  PARTING SHOT 1:04:32 “Everybody has a story. Know your story. Tell your story. I think that will make you genuine and really get you further by telling that story.” - LORI 1:05:02 “Optimize your talents. You have a lot of talents to bring to the table.” - CHRIS  1:05:51 “Don’t let fear paralyze you. Don’t be afraid of showing your true self. Try not to let fear overcome your ability to shine.” - SKYE  hool Applicant?
Nov 25
1 hr 8 min
How to Serve the esport Athlete Community as a Physical Therapist
Caitlin McGee, Elliot Smithson, and Matthew Hwu are physical therapists who work at 1HP, a company improving gaming performance and prolonging gaming careers for the esport athlete.  Caitlin was on the show with us previously talking about esports but with an evolving field, she continues to define esports as any competitive scene of a video game.  The panel discusses the physical skills required for the esport athlete - fast reaction time, fast processing, strong upper extremity strength, posture, and endurance. Matthew discusses APM (actions per minute) which is the amount of finger movement performed while gaming. One difference between esports PT and sports PT is the lack of infrastructure and lack of expectation eport athletes are expected to be engaging outside of the game time.  Elliot dives into the concept of game sense which describes the esport athlete to not only be proficient in gaming performance but also to have quick decision making skills continually over time.  Check out APTA’s recent article In Esports, Gaming and Gamers Join the Big Leagues for more information about PT’s treating in this field.  PARTING SHOT 1:13:45 “Don’t just get yourself pigeon holed into learning the traditional models of whatever it is you’re studying. If you’re not seeking out information from sources that don’t necessarily just fit into your traditional structure, you’re missing out on so much information.” - CAITLIN  1:14:19 “Show that you care. Listen and care for the people you work with.” - MATTHEW  1:14:49 “Don’t be afraid to break out of that 9-5 outpatient ortho model. Really explore what you’re into. Really explore what you can offer as a PT.” - ELLIOT 
Nov 23
1 hr 18 min
Why Do You Need Telehealth? Four Experts Explain
Alan Lee, Chris Peterson, Trevor Russell, and Mike Billings are all physical therapists, educators, experts, and advocates of telehealth in physical therapy and healthcare.  Alan describes early telemedicine was used mainly with cardiopulmonary conditions as the technology was not readily available. Telehealth has drastically increased due to COVID and the improvement in technology.  Chris finds telehealth as highly valuable in physical therapy as other businesses shift to an online platform. He sees telehealth being utilized in a hybrid model in the future with PTs/PTAs understanding what patient is fit for telehealth.  Trevor notes there is a substantial amount of research available but the evidence is not continuously translated into practice. He recommends focusing on what is similar between treating in person and using technology then converting those similarities using technology to meet treatment objectives.  In the future, Mike believes telehealth is here to stay but is leveling off compared to the start of COVID. Some other predictions were modifying the title telehealth to digital health, change in reimbursement rate, creating hybrid models, implementing interstate compacts, and adding telehealth in physical therapy programs.   For more information on telehealth in practice, look to the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Telemedicine Association.  PARTING SHOT 49:42 “Everyone have patience.” - ALAN  50:43 “Don’t always assume the original way you learned something is the only way to do something.” - CHRIS  51:12 “Do not be afraid of this [telehealth]. Embrace the similares but prepare for the differences.” - TREVOR  51:54 “I do hope care is taken to ensure that telerehab is used  to confront rather than exacerbate any health care on affordability and inequity that we have in the US.” - MIKE 
Nov 19
54 min
How To Create A Snow Sports PT Practice From Scratch
Stephen Burkert is a physical therapist who combines his passion for winter sports and outdoor athletics by treating snow sport athletes.  Steve started his business Snow Beast Performance out of a CrossFit gym near Burlington, VT. He took his lifestyle to cater to snow athletes and apply their needs to the mountain.  His model is to screen and prepare all athletes for the snow season. He conducts formal programs to limit potential injuries. Each athlete, either skier or snowboarder, has specific interventions tailored to their sport.  Common injuries Steve treats are not any different than what is seen in typical PT clinics. He treats mainly overuse injuries from poor repetitive movement but emphasizes PTs treating on the mountain should have a strong knowledge in concussion rehab. If any PT, PTA or student is interested in this area, Steve recommends gaining the experience in this area to understand the demand to ski or snowboard. Steve also became a ski and snowboard instructor to learn the language of educating this population.  Steve holds a Snowboard Performance and Injury Support Group on Facebook to further spread insight and knowledge to snow athletes.  Win a PT Pintcast PT Pintglass!!  The Northeast Regional Virtual Conference hosted by APTA CT, MA, NH and RI Chapters will be available until January 31.  PARTING SHOT 35:49 “If you have a passion for something, go after it. It might not be something that seems to make sense but as physical therapists, we’re naturally givers.” - STEPHEN
Nov 18
39 min
What Do You Need To Know About Inter-Professional Care?
What Do You Need To Know About Inter-Professional Care? MeMe Earnest is a neurology resident graduate at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, director of communications for MoveTogether, and practice lead for the Adaptive Sports SIG of AASPT. Within her residency, she worked in an interdisciplinary team including PT, OT, SLP, chiropractor, PM&R, and other PT residents. MeMe mentioned her #1 question from students was what does the day by day look like as a resident? She was performing a different task every day which included treating, teaching, presenting, receiving mentorship, and working a fitness wellness program called Gerofit. As practice lead on the Adaptive Sports SIG, her job is to communicate on practice guidelines and research for advancing the treatment of adaptive athletes. QUOTES 14:30 “Adaptive sport and wellness is the perfect solution to that, making sure you have opportunities for individuals with disabilities in your community is huge.”- MEME PARTING SHOT 25:15 “Meet the people where they are.” – MEME 
Nov 17
28 min
How to Dissect Anatomy in Physical Therapy Education
How to Dissect Anatomy in Physical Therapy Education Mike Pascoe is a professor of anatomy at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus teaching gross anatomy to PT, PA, and medical students. He received his PhD in neurophysiology from the University of Boulder. Mike reminds us that graduate level anatomy courses present a vast amount of information quickly. He recommends study strategies that can include drawing/painting on the body, creative dances, and building paper models and drawings to have an active learning experience. If you are a SPT looking for further anatomy resources, look no further with Mike Pascoe. With COVID, anatomy courses were completed either remotely or present in the lab but limited to extremities. To perform anatomy on campus, anatomy educators created a guide to explain the importance of donor-based anatomy on student learning. Mike uses light field photography, student wikis and digital dissection guides to increase the learning outcomes. He conducted a study comparing traditional dissection guides to a custom written digital dissection guide and found better outcomes with a more specific guide. For the last five years, the University of Colorado has held a student-led Marquette challenge bringing practicing clinicians into the lab to learn and practice anatomy dissection. Check out Mike Pascoe’s website about all the anatomy resources for the student physical therapist and current clinicians. QUOTES “When you leave anatomy class and you are with a patient, every patient is going to be an exam for you, an anatomy exam.” – MIKE “If you want your anatomy and your learning to be durable, it has to be difficult.” – MIKE PARTING SHOT “Make learning fun. When students need to understand the given area of skin inverted by a spinal nerve, that’s when the derma suit comes out.” – MIKE
Nov 16
56 min
What You Need to Know About Your Insurance and Disability Coverage
What You Need to Know About Your Insurance and Disability Coverage Will Butler is a physical therapist turned financial advisor on a mission to change healthcare by improving the lives of clinicians through financial education and planning. Will posted an Instagram story about the importance of understanding disability insurance. He suggests physical therapists should consider insuring themselves due to the physical demand in patient care. Short term disability refers to being out of work for 0-3 months. Will post the question what if a PT needs to be out longer than 3 months or indefinitely? All physical therapists should be asking -  Do I have disability benefits? Short term and long term? -  What are the basics for short term and long term disability? Is there an elimination period? Any exclusions? -  How long does long term disability last?  To seek appropriate financial assistance, a financial advisor like Will is superior to a financial website or no assistance at all. Check out Will Butler to get all your financial questions answered. If you have questions about loan repayment, Will recommends Joe Reinke who helps physical therapists strategize repayment plans. Check out Joe Reinke with FitBux.   QUOTES “The first person you blame is the last person you saw.” – WILL “Respect a professional’s profession.” – JIMMY “Know what the definition of disability is.” – WILL “You need to understand what money is coming in and what money is going out grossly.” – WILL PARTING SHOT 59:44 “People need to save early, save often, and save differently. Quit worrying about what the person next to them might be doing.” – WILL
Nov 16
1 hr 2 min
Here’s Why PTAs Need To Be Part of The Patient Plan of Care
Kacey Kline is a physical therapist assistant working in an outpatient clinic associated with Midwestern University’s DPT Program in Arizona. She continually works towards advocacy and inclusion of PTA’s in the profession. Kacey thinks bringing a PTA in from the start of a patient’s plan of care is the best way to build rapport, consistency, and proper expectations for treatment. Between the PT and PTA, creating open lines of communication diminishes microaggressions towards PTAs. She believes involving PTAs on physical therapy websites and organizations without being separated from PTs would expand PTAs inclusion in the physical therapy community. QUOTES 5:52 “If you have any idea that your PTA is going to be part of the therapeutic team, they have to be a part of the conversation.” – KACEY PARTING SHOT 38:45 “Basic patient care, basic good practice is just open lines of communication between your colleagues.” – KACEY
Nov 13
41 min
Social Justice Lessons from Roger Williams by Dr. Lisa VanHoose
Social Justice Lessons from Roger Williams by Dr. Lisa VanHoose Keynote Presentation at the Northeast Regional Virtual Annual Conference  Michelle Collie is CEO of Performance Physical Therapy and APTA President of Rhode Island introduces keynote speaker Lisa VanHoose. During the conference, Michelle will be speaking on the “Telehealth Panel: The Role of Telehealth in the Future of Our Profession.” Lisa VanHoose is an Associate Professor and Program Director in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Louisiana Monroe. She speaks on “Social Injustice Lessons We Learn from Roger Williams.”  She focuses on the “Five Principles of Social Injustice” by Roger Williams * Access* Equity* Diversity * Participation* Human Rights  Mic Drop “If you know better, do better.” - Lisa VanHoose
Nov 7
1 hr 11 min
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